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to weather.com. >>> a massive search under way for two u.s. navy troops who disappeared in a militant strong hold. the taliban say they have killed one of the service members and taken the other one prisoner. it's happening in the eastern part of the country, 60 miles or so in the capital. the americans left their compound on friday. it's not clear why they travelled to a particularly dangerous region. the man hunt continues this morning for a reward being offered for any information leading to their return. u.s. troops are facing dire threats of nuclear attack from north korea. this threat comes as american forces kick off joint military exercises with south korea. the secretive communist regime serious or are they rattling their sabers. let's bring in mike live from the white house. all of the exercises are getting the north's attention, certainly. is that what the plan was all along. >> you asked if the north was serious not without justification. you have the bluster making the threats to try to get attention and aid for the starving population. it's defined and never more so back in mar
physical with the u.s. over sanctions. there is a rosy picture of economic progress but are they looking at rose-colored glasses? and some climb on board to extend bush era tax cuts. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report". good evening. i'm bret baier. pentagon officials say they plan to conduct military exercises with south korea despite a threat from the north of what it calls a physical response. the drills and the north's reaction to them, both grow out of accusations that north korea was responsible for the sinking of a south korean warship in march. tensions are rising tonight. national correspondent steve centanni has the story from the pentagon. >> reporter: with military hardware in place for a pointed show of force off the kore korean peninsula, harsh words remain the weapon of choice. at asian security conference in hanoi, vietnam, they condemned the military exercises and issued this threat -- >> it will be physical, respon response. it's no longer the 19th century, which -- [inaudible ] >> but the diplomacy it is. the exercises include the giant u.s. ai
american. those talks are going nowhere, and quite frankly, the u.s. government says they do not negotiate for the release of terrorist hostages. what were the two sailors up to? driving alone first of all in kabul in one of their up-armored vehicles and ending up so far away from the capital city and their compound? that question won't be answered until probably if and when one of those sailors come back. >> nothing like interpreting some orders that could have taken them down the wrong path? is there any speculation that they could have been on some sort of assignment? >> some officials i've talked to, and my experience in ckabul and throughout afghanistan, it would be highly unusual if not impossible for one vehicle to be traveling alone without some kind of backup. all the convoys i've ever been involved in, have involved at least three vehicles. heavily armored, heavily armed, for protection. now, these two did work at various compounds, even worked at the afghan training facility which is some distance from the major compounds there inside kabul. they weren't doing that on friday, bu
>>> next on msnbc sunday. the search -- nato forces go looking for two u.s. sailors missing in afghanistan since friday. >>> going to extremes -- temperatures are soaring and flood waters are raging. live reports coming up. >>> coming and going -- crews return to the gulf as the bp guy may get the heeve-ho. president obama receives a young girl's letter and inspires her to lead the fight against bullying. let's check out what's happening right now. we have developing news from the war front this morning. two american sailors are missing in afghanistan. a taliban spokesman said one was taken in a fire fight, the other taken by militants. what's the latest, jim? >> the latest report from afghanistan now from afghan officials who claim that the u.s. military has recovered the body of one of the missing americans. but u.s. military officials cannot confirm that. there's still a lot of confusion out there about what exactly happened. all we know is the two americans went missing on friday when they were driving from one compound to another. they're inside kabul. they ended up som
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in kabul which has many u.s. officials baffled because they drove apparently right into the heart of taliban territory. these were not rookies. they were not cowboys. they were experienced sailors, experienced service members in afghanistan. and nobody figures out how they make that mistake. the taliban claims they killed one and held another hostage. u.s. can't confirm that. but intense search is under way and talking about pakistan, u.s. military officials are deeply concerned that the taliban may try to spirit the two sailors out of afghanistan into pakistan well out of the u.s. military's reach. >> all right. jim miklaszewski, a busy day at the pentagon today for you. we'll be checking with you again. thanks very much. >>> bp executives are publicly saying no decision made on the future of tony hayward but the much-criticized ceo is said to be out. what are we hearing from bp on this? i mean, in many cases, i don't think anybody's shocked that hayward is going to be out of a job by the end of the year because of the public relations fiasco. how quickly will this happen? >> rep
>>> next on "msnbc sunday," the search. nato forces looking for two u.s. sailors missing in afghanistan since friday. >>> wild weather, soaring temperatures and torrential rains. live reports coming up. >>> coming and going. the bp guy may be getting the heave-ho, and crews return to the gulf. >>> and people have saved pets given up by people all along the gulf coast. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "mfrpsnbc sunday." what is happening out there. >>> developing news from afghanistan. a massive manhunt under way for two american sailors missing in the war zone. a taliban spokesman says one killed in a fire fight, the other taken prisoner by militants. let's bring in jim miklaszewski. what is the latest here. is this confirmation on the stat discu us and claims. >> according to u.s. military officials, no. all of this is coming from afghan officials. some of the has proven reliable. some not. the first order of business as you mentioned is the intensive search for the two missing sailors. in that area of logar province, 80 miles south of kabul, where this
, including u.s. troops overseas. as we reported yesterday, vice president joe biden has made a surprise visit to the american forces in iraq. biden is there working to end a political stalemate ahead of the planned withdrawal of u.s. combat forces. andrea mitchell is traveling with the vice president. good morning. >> reporter: alex, good morning. happy fourth of july to you from baghdad, where vice president joe biden and his wife, jill, are naturalizing 153 u.s. troops who are becoming u.s. citizens today. what better day to do it than on july 4th. also a serious mission here, political and diplomatic. the vice president is trying to push the iraqis all of the factions that have been arguing since election four months ago, trying to push them toward a permanent government. the importance of that is that the u.s. combat mission is scheduled to end on august 31st. and a troop draw-down of u.s. forces to 50,000. currently it's 82,000. still, optimistic, the vice president says that everything is proceeding on that timetable. officials traveling with him say that the combat mission will be turn
of 91,000 reports on the events that intern lit u.s. military considered significant. >> robert gibbs at the white house and others at the pentagon, robert gates, have said this has the potential to harm u.s. service people. does that concern you? >> well, anything in theory has boat tension to harm anything else but we have looked that the material for some months now together with our media partners. we have taken some steps to understand that material is at least seven months ago, so, it is -- it is not of any sort of a tactical significance. our primary concern with people being potentially harmed was to do with afghan informants who could have been under the risk of retribution action. that is why we held back some 15,000 reports for a more detailed review. >> there is a lot of questions your view toward the war. you were quoted saying you enjoyed crushing bastards. is that an accurate reflection of your attitude toward the establishment, toward the people running the war, toward the u.s. government? >> well, wikileaks is a publication by the sunshine press. we are an organizatio
secret u.s. documents, a whistle blowing website might possess. >>> terrifying drop. the pictures of a toddler falls three stories from an apartment building but amazingly he is okay. >>> chelsea's big day. the former first daughter gets hitched in new york. we have new details about the wedding which are emerging this morning. we're there live for you. >>> the story from behind bars. a new report talks about what life is like in jail for lindsay lohan. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to this, the last day of july. >>> developing right now, pakistani officials say more than 800 people have been killed over this past week alone after record-breaking floods in the region. joining me now from london, nbc's tazin ahmed. they're pretty extraordinary. what are you learning? >> reporter: they are extreme conditions, alex. death toll is at least 800 at the moment. those figures are expected to rise. large areas approving to be inaccessible and more rain is expected. now hundreds of thousands have been forced from homes and up to a million according to the u.n. have been aff
today, but what is the legacy of the u.s. team from this year's tournament? >>> real-life drama, hollywood stars are taking their acts to courtrooms near you. why do so many have run-ins with the law? >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sudden." developing right now, after two years on the run, allegedly stealing cars, boats and planes, gaining fame and fans along the way, police have finally caught up with the 19-year-old known as the barefoot bandit. colton harris-moore was arrested in the wee hours this morning in the bahamas, he's been on the run since 2008 when he left a halfway house in washington. he crashed a plane last week in the bahamas and police picked him up after a boat chase in harbor island. nbc's peter alexander is in the bahamas and joins us on the phone with how all this went down. good morning, peter. >> good morning to you. that chase apparently, according to bahamian police, happened on a boat. they were chasing him by boat today when they ultimately arrested colton harris-moore. he is the so-called barefoot bandit, according to au
for probably four people who were convicted in russia of spying for the u.s. four people considered high value by the u.s. that we want to get back. one unresolved question here is what happens to the minor children of these ten and i just don't know what the answer to that will be, whether they'll stay here or whether they'll go back with their parents. i don't believe that when their parents get to russia they will be under any obligation to serve any time in incarceration, it may be that the judge will simply sentence them to time served which will be what, 11 days and they will be free to leave russia. once they agree to plead guilty, it's not really they choice. >> people are very curious for a number of reasons about this, the intrigue and so on and so forth, but can you at least tell us who would be behind the rapid speed of this transfer? is it the white house? who's pushing for this to happen to quickly? >> well, i think you can say very high level in both the russia and the u.s. governments. while this is following all the rules in the justice department, in the federal courts it's m
shukrijumah. the u.s. has a $5 million bounty out for him. he's one of the al qaeda operational leaders. he's believed to be linked to this case and there's concern about him. he's still on the loose, and four others also named in the criminal charges handed up today. >> so much has changed in our perception of 9/11 about al qaeda. we know there are all these tentacles that go out there. in some cases we've focused on other group, but what does this tell us if anything about al qaeda and its power within the united states. >> i think it does two things. one, that overseas, there's certainly a structure in place and there's great concern that they're still trying to carry out attacks here in the u.s., here in new york. there have been 11 attempts since 9/11 here in new york. and they remain concerned that whether it's the lone wolf or whether it's al qaeda itself-inspired plot that it's a pa main concern. but the drone strikes that the cia efforts have disrupted the network there. they may not be as capable so they wind up with not as sophisticated operatives trying to off bombs in plots tha
in austria. the u.s. says this is a good deal for them. even though it was four people given to the u.s. and ten given to russia. the four were much more high value. they were in failing health. the u.s. was eager to get them out of harsh confinement. it does send the message you say that the u.s. will try to stand by people who aid the west. and finally, the ten here never gain anything of value to value. they were sending people who never made much of a dent. for that reason, there was no great justice department interest in having them serve any time. they were available to send back. this was a great opportunity to get these four out is the way the u.s. ultimately looks at it. then, also, it wipes the slate clean of what had become an irritant in an effort to improve relations between the u.s. and russia. >> and exactly on that point, the attorney general eric holder was out here and we had a chance to talk with him briefly and this was his response. >> we wanted to make sure that we did this as quickly as we could so we didn't have any kind of ongoing negative impact between the go
, but supporting the taliban in their attacks on afghan and u.s. military forces inside afghanistan. what is interesting, however, while washington is focused on that aspect of the documents, in a news conference with julian esange, the founder of wikileaks in london today, the discussion was all about war crimes. he said that was in part the driving force behind his publishing these leaked documents in trying to, what he said essentially, change or i suspect, end the course of the war there in afghanistan. >> is the pentagon pushing back hard on these allegations of war crimes? >> they are not, actually. they are going to take their time and say it could take days or weeks before they pore over all these documents to determine what is real, hypothetical and what is just plain false. they are not jumping into any conclusions here about the documents themselves. they, too, of course are condemning the release as national security advisor jim jones did. in fact, claiming that it puts american men and women on the ground. afghan forces, and something more importantly, some of the local afgha
converted and it actually came into u.s. waters about a week ago last friday and couldn't have been used earlier. it's just manufactured and brought into the gulf. >> one of the things that the guy in charge of this company says is that it can produce 15 million gallons of oily water a day. seems like a tremendous amount. do you think it can really hit that number? >> well, i'd be very surprised if it hits that number. that's the theoretical capacity. that assumes calm water and thick oil all the time. but even if you're getting 10%, that's a big step in the right direction and it can work 24 hours a day on scene, all the time. doesn't have to worry about the heavy weather. may not allow it to collect oil as effectively as calm weather but the ship doesn't have to come in and if properly managed, can be skimming 24 hours a day. i have hopes to help an awful lot in getting oil off the surface offshore before the oil comes on shore and causes more damage. >> professor, since we heard a little barking there at the beginning, man's best friend, obviously, what kind of dog do you have? >> it
drama that started with the arrests nearly two weeks ago now has ended with a flight out of the u.s. and a spy swap straight out of the movies. pete williams is nbc's justice correspondent. well, pete, i'm sure you're sorry to see this story go. tell us how it went down in the final hours. >> still a bit up in the air quite rit rally because the ten russian spies on their way to russia. the plane left new york last night. landed in vienna this morning meeting the plane from russia carrying the four exchanged to the west. they were swapped on the tarmac and then both planes took off. the russian plane now on its way with the ten and some of their children, savannah. american authorities worked out with the russians that the couples that had children here in the u.s. could take their children with them. the children are, of course, american citizens born here and free to come back. the ten agreed as part of the plea eagreement to not enter th u.s. without permission. they gave the real names in their real russian names. admitted to a single charge that they were secret agents. they we
are killing u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> plus, what secretary clinton says about the hunt for osama bin laden, the lockerbie bomber and chelsea clinton's fast approaching wedding. good afternoon. i'm savannah guthrie in for andrea mitchell, and we'll begin with that fresh new look and size and scope of america's counterterrorism efforts, an effort that's grown so much, so fast, that it may actually be making it tougher to stop threats to the u.s. with me now nbc's justice correspondent pete williams who has been poring over this reporting coming out of the "washington post." pete, to you. what is the main headline here? what really caught your eye? >> what "the post" is saying that it's grown so fast without any careful design, just sort of adding new things on, that it's so big nobody really knows how big it is, and it's so big that there are overlapping areas where the intelligence community is doing things where other people doing those things don't necessarily know. >> it's like urban sprawl from a legislative standpoint. >> exactly. >> and they say it's nationwide. it's operating t
-life james bond plot. the u.s. and russia involved in a 14-person spy swap, and it all happened in the blink of an eye. >>> and then the big announcement. >> this is very tough. i'm going to take my talents to the beach and join the miami heat. >> it didn't look like it was very tough. miami might be welcoming lebron james with open arms, but cleveland is disowning its onetime favorite son. there goes that lebron jersey. and wait till you hear the reaction from the owner of the cleveland cavaliers who called lebron narcissistic, self-promotional, selfish, cowardly and then really laid down the gauntlet. ♪ alejandro, alejandro >>> and new york city going ga ga over the lady herself. good friday morning. i'm chris jansing live from msnbc world headquarters in new york. and we begin with the riot out in oakland, california. angry mobs flooding the streets, smashing windows and looting stores. their anger sparked after a white transit cop was convicted on a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man last year. more than 80 people were arrested overnight, some caught in the act
that a russian convicted of spying for the u.s. has now arrived in veania. it could be a signal that american and russian officials are preparing for the largest spy swap since the cold war. the trade would involve the u.s. giving up ten people last week accused of being russian spies in the state. pete williams joins us now from washington. pete, a lot of people are making a big deal about how fast this is all going. >> well, that is a big deal because just yesterday they were all hustled up to new york, the ten defendants. some of them were in new york already and the three from virginia and two from massachusetts were quickly sent to new york. their court hearings cut short for a hearing this afternoon at 2:45. now, this technically is the type of hearing you'd have when an indictment was filed but that was filed very quickly in this case after the initial charges were brought. so, under the federal rules, this would be their first chance to plead in federal court and if they're going to be guilty pleas, as the signs increasingly point, then this would be the first opportunity for them. as
endorse it. >>> to our top story. the u.s. military says hundreds of american troops are searching for two navy sailors who disappeared in a taliban stronghold in eastern afghanistan on friday. yesterday, the taliban claimed they killed one of the sailors and took the other one as a prisoner, after both were forced from their armored sport utility vehicle. however, nato officials have not confirmed the reports and still characterize the men as missing. there are also conflicting reports about whether the body of one of the two has been recovered. the war in afghanistan also getting attention this morning by the release of the more than 90,000 classified field reports i mentioned. they were made public by an organization that says its goal in disclosing secret documents is to reveal unethical behavior by governments and corporations now, the documents span from january of 2004 -- from 2004 to january of this year, and paint a bleak picture of the situation on the ground there. according to "the new york times" one of the news organizations that was granted early access to the reports, they
a thrilling story out of a spy novel itself. and it seemed like the priority here was u.s./russia relations. the question outstanding is what kind of threat does russia pose with its espionage against the united states? >> let's step back for a second and understand that i think this is a great credit to our law enforcement. we made arrests, law enforcement community made arrests. these individuals have been monitored for quite some time. they tried but they never got classified information and intelligence. and now they've left the country, which again is a big win for our law enforcement community. i set that aside. i think our relationship with russia is no doubt improving if you look at where it was just a few years ago. the economic discussions that were had recently and progress made in reducing nuclear weapons and hopefully we'll get a treaty through senate this summer that will further reduce nuclear weapons means our security is stronger and safer and our relationship is stronger. >> more broadly on foreign policy. i can remember back two years ago as you can july of 2008 the presi
, will be able to form a government. you know, the context of this, lynn, of course, is that u.s. forces are drawing down and that they continue on schedule. there will be no combat forces left there by the end of the next month. it's a little ironic that vice president biden was there promoting this unity government. it was senator biden before the 2008 election who first put forward the idea of partial or sort of quasi partition of iraq among the kurds, shiites and sunnis and now the fourth visit as vice president to iraq trying to encourage these leaders, prime minister, others, president to get it to get it together and form the government. when he was there, of course, he met with u.s. troops at a mess hall there. a dining hall. he was there, also, to attend a naturalization ceremony. there you see it there with general odierno. they wear the uniform and now -- shaking hands at that moment becoming u.s. citizens on the fourth of july. there was that scare. we should mention, lynn, when there were explosions. some sort of projectile hitting the ground within the green zone. the very
in on north korea, ramping up threats to south korea as well as the u.s. in fact, north korean leaders are threatening a nuclear response to war games involving the u.s. and south korea. those military exercises, slated to take place tomorrow. now this is the latest threat also coming on the heels of the deadly sinking of a south korean warship. seoul and washington implicated north korea in the sinking of that vessel. joining us is military analyst jack jacobs. jack, why would north korea want to throw out these threats to the south and also to the u.s. if they're saying that they deny having anything to do with the sinking? >> sometime they do things and sometimes they don't do things. but they're very, very blij rent. i think the leadership basic willy is out of their minds, completely. this is the same country which in 1950 invaded south korea for -- with no provication. they sank the ship with no provication a couple weeks ago. a very, very difficult to gauge. and they have nuclear weapons. i think any threat that north korea throws out there out to be taken seriously. >> but the
from the pentagon. mick, such a fascinating story. iran claimed this scientist was abducted. the u.s. says that isn't what happened. what's going on here? >> savannahs, even in the an nals of spydom this sister roy is somewhat bizarre. this iranian nuclear scientist, shar ran amiri disappeared with a year ago. he turned up here in the u.s. where he reportedly shared some of the secrets of iran's nuclear weapons program with u.s. government officials. iran claimed as you said that amiri had actually been kidnapped and tortured by the cia. but even as late as yesterday, secretary of state hillary clinton denied that saying amir riff here of his own free will and could leave at any time. all that played out as amiri showed up at the iranian intersection here in washington earlier this week saying he wanted to return to iran and as far as we know, he is on his way this morning. what makes this case strange is over the course of the past several months, amiri released three videos, one saying he was kidnapped and tortured, the second saying he was attending graduate school voluntarily in
. doing $1 million in annual sales to the u.s. alone. why isn't bp using this peat moss to soak up part of the spill? the owner of the peat moss company telling that newspaper bp has informed him it cannot use it it because the oil giant would not then be able to retrieve the oil afterwards. you may translate that as, the oil giant would not be able to sell the oil afterwards. bp and it's co-conspirators gaining from previously unreported tax benefits. it's allowed to write off the rent it paid to transocean that owned deep water horizon in order to lease the oil rig. that saves bp hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. transocean having fled first to the cayman islands and switzerland to lower its corporate tax bill by almost 15%. the center for american progress counting nine different subsidies that the u.s. government gives to an industry that makes more than any other industry, including, refunds for drilling costs and refunds for searching for oil. subsidies make up 88% of all federal subsidies, just cutting the oil and gas subsidies out would save the u.s. government $45 billio
harrowing look at war amid a changing u.s. strategy. and for their lives against a mobile enemy fighting on home turf in the desolate mountains of afghanistan. what a story. that's "hardball for now" thanks for being with us. >>> "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. >>> which of these stories will be you talking about tomorrow? a criminal act. that's what the obama administration calls the publishing of thousands of secret afghanistan war documents on the internet. >> it poses a very real and potential threat to those that are working hard every day to keep us safe. >> tonight the story of the documents. how did they surface and what they say about the war effort with martin who broke the story in "the new york times." also, richard wolffe on the new pressures on the commander in chief, and this knocks the white house off message. >>> forget safety first. it's pr first for bp, as tony hayward prepares to be banished to siberia, literally. what about the man responsible for actual safety for the company? will no win big in november? the gop is counting on it, but de
and that would be the u.s. part of the spy swap, the russians would send then people here to the u.s. we don't know exactly how many would be sent to the u.s. in return. in cold war style spy swap. but it certainly does appear that, you no he, the plea negotiations are -- have moved ahead sufficiently that they can try to get this done this afternoon when the ten appear in federal court. >> all right. we'll be watching for that court hearing, as i said, later this afternoon. pete, thank you. >> you bet. >> my big question today, is russia a bigger threat than we realize. share your thoughts on twitter, facebook or e-mail if you have thoughts about how the spy swap is going or memories of cold war, go ahead, give me a shout. >>> part of a global plot targeting other countries. the attorney general called that plot one the most dangerous since 9/11. it was part of a larger conspiracy by al qaeda that included a plan to target mass transknit england and we're getting new details this hour about arrests in norway. first, the three under arrest are suspected members of al qaeda, second, police sa
division as well as the u.s. attorney's office here in san francisco and the fbi to see if this warrants federal prosecution. >> we understand that there was also a car vandalized in tacoma, washington, there were also incidents in portland, oregon with people reacting. as we mentioned, the oakland police department and the mayor are due to hold a news conference any time now. let's bring in california congresswoman barbara lee who represents oakland. congresswoman, thank you for being with us. >> first let me say this, like everyone, i am really frustrated, saddened and outraged. if you look at the video and you know what took place, this to me is a glaring example of the need to reform our criminal justice system. and that is something we have been working on for years and years and years. it is important that we understand that criminal justice reform has to happen and it has to happen quickly to avoid circumstances such as this. i have been in touch with the department of justice for many months now, and i'm confident that they're going to move forward with their independent and thor
. >>> hot too found south and let's get up to speed on the oil spill in the gulf. the u.s. navy has now deployed a blimp it says can cover a wider area than a helicopter in an effort to monitor the scope of the spill. weather conditions will keep the blimp from arriving until friday. with tar balls washing ashore in texas, every state along the gulf coast has now seen oil arrival on its beaches and marshes. rough seas kept boats docked off the coast of florida and louisiana. the giant skimmer ship a whale needs more testing. they have really had high hopes for that a whale ship. >>> in the meantime, president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu are denying a rift between the two, following an hour-long meeting, as important for friendship as for the actual conversation. the focus was on broad subjects, but both have said they support face to face talks with the palestinians. >> i believe that prime minister netanyahu wants peace, i think he's willing to take risks for peace and during our conversation, he once again reaffirmed his willing to engage in serious negotiation
is one of the four bridges to across between the u.s. and mexico. that's the only one still closed for pedestrian foot traffic. two of the three bridges closed this morning, two have reopened including the world trade bridge, where half of all mexican commerce and trade passes between the countries. the river crested last night. the highest level in 45 years that you mentioned. third highest crest on record. the flood stage is 8 feet. as the water re-credes we get to say what it is leaving behind. a little bit of rain today but then back to texas weather. 95 to 100 and sunny skies. today is nice and refreshing, not bad on the ramp to the river which should be going into a shopping mall. >>> bp could change out the cap on the leaking well tomorrow. the obama administration says cold weather could speed up the plans to get a new cap on. it could contain more oil but means oil will flow unrestricted for a period of time while they make the switch. volunteers are moving 50,000 sea turtle eggs from the west coast of florida to the east coast. they want to give them a fighting chance at
south where the two sailors reportedly strayed from their base and is ended up in what u.s. military officials say was the heart of taliban country may have been killed according to afghan and taliban resours. the accounts cannot be confirmed from the taliban or the afghan officials so they continue the hunt. the biggest concern is that the taliban may take the two sailors into pakistan which would then be well out of the u.s. military's reach. >> let's talk about this major intelligence hemorrhage. put this into perspective on us. >> well the sheer volume of the leak, 90 plus thousand documents is absolutely astounding and as we are hearing now from u.s. milita military. >>> and claims, not only claims but documented proof that former members or members of the pakistani intelligence agency were not only cooperating with but supporting taliban attacks. that has lessened somewhat. never the less, this will fuel the wait here in washington about whether this afghanistan war is winnable or even worth it. >> thank you. the obama administration is slamming the release of the secret docume
that the u.s. is a trust worthy partner against the taliban. >>> the vacation is over for president obama who retreated to maine this weekend for a quick break from washington. the first family hiked and biked around arcadia national park and park rangers gave them a tour of a historic white house. on the president's agenda, returning to washington this week, a meeting with the prime minister of britain tuesday. wednesday the president will sign the financial reform bill that the senate passed thursday, he will sign that into law. watching for that. and house democrats say they had a great meeting with the president last week. democrats across the board they say are all on the same page a week after white house press secretary robert gibbs said it's possible democrats lose the house majority in november. >> this is the distinction between a mathematical possibility and a probability. we have said all along this is going to be a very tough political election for all the reasons people have said. but we've also said at the end of the day we're confident we're going to retain a majority in the h
view" instead of taking the time to visit the u.s./mexico border. here's a sneak peek of her new book. >>> well, palin may be today's conservative flavor of the moment, but another major right winger hasn't mellowed with age. conservative activist phyllis schlafly. with talking points memo this is what she said, "all welfare goes to unmarried moms." she also linked single women, obama and welfare saying, "unmarried moms are trying to position their constituency for the president and the democrats against republican candidates." >>> could be the wedding of the century, centuries young, but that's what they're saying and it's happening tomorrow. secret details on chelsea clinton's big day won't be secret any more. we've got them in three minutes. >>> time for your business entrepreneur of the week. former long beach police officer tom lane knew stealing with stolen property took up law enforcement's valuable time. working with the departments to auction stolen goods online things like electronics, sports equipment and even a coffin. for more, watch your business on msnbcp. [ animals cal
different subsidies that the u.s. government gives including refunds for drilling costs and refunds for searching for oil. subsidies make up 88% of all federal subsidies, just cutting the oil and gass subsidies out would save the u.s. government $45 billion every year. from the outrageous to the absurd, it proved today that during the 1970s bp put its name on a board game called offshore oil strike about the thrills of drilling. rediscovered by the uk metro newspaper, the game clearly never rivalled monopoly, but the parallels between it and the current disaster nothing if not eerie. the rules are this according to boardgamegeek.com. two to four players compete in the north sea exploring for oil, building platforms and laying pipelines to bring offshore oil back to the player's home company. first player to make 120 million wins, but they have to avoid dreaded hazard cards which read blow out, rig damaged, oil slick clean upcost, pay $1 million. how quaint. time to call in oil and gas industry veteran bob cavnar. thanks for your time again tonight. >> good evening, keith. thanks hav
that looked just like that five years ago in virginia. >>> u.s. prosecutors warn evidence unveiled in the alleged russian spy ring case is just, quote, the tip of the iceberg. nine of ten suspects faced bail hearings yesterday. the judge denied bail for the suburban new jersey couple who went by the names richard and cynthia murphy. but the manhattan court approved bail for vickie palez who works for a newspaper. and we're getting new images of anna chapman, she's the young woman who grabbed all the headlines since this story broke this weekend. the mi-5 is investigating any contact she might have had with their agents. bob winter joins us with the latest. so what is this connection with the british? did she have a british passport. >> she had a british pass port, but there's also some indication we were hearing earlier this week that the actual initialive on this ring came from a defector to somebody in the uk, i have heard both through british intelligence and also through the u.s. embassy. so there is some sort of british connection, we're not concern what it is, but there's cer
of july holiday and that includes u.s. troops overseas. as reported yesterday, vice president joe biden is making a surprise visit to american forces in iraq. vice president's there working to ina political stalemate ahead of the planned withdrawal of u.s. combat forces. nbc new chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell is traveling with the vice president. andrea joining us live by phone. another good morning to you. what's on the agenda for you and the vice president today? >> reporter: the vice president is meeting now with with the leader of the government, maliki, one of the contenders to become prime minister, this after another meeting with his rival, allawi. so, meeting the two fractions, coming up with an agreement months after the election, there's a dispute over how to form the government. they say that everything is on track to have a withdrawal of u.s. troops by august 31st. and at that point, we will be down to 50,000 trop troops. from talking to the troops today, an many as we've seen, the vice president was having lunch with them as jill biden, his wife, with h
the war in afghanistan became the longest war in u.s. history, surpassing the conflict in vietnam. >>> a major discovery at ground zero today in new york. a relic which appears to be a ship dating from the 18th century was found by workers at the world trade center site in lower manhattan. the 32-foot long hull, timber samples will be sent to a laboratory to help get a sense of exactly when the boat was built. archaeologists are racing to record and analyze the ship before the delicate wood now exposed to air begins to deteriorate. >>> it's been dormant for 75 years, and a dangerous infection hits a popular florida tourist destination. experts say warning, this could spread north. we'll tell you what it is ahead. >>> another brand new explosive audiotape reportedly of actor mel gibson lashing out at his ex-girlfriend and there are new accusations that gibson injured their baby. if this case is is domestic violence, how do you address it? we'll be right back. tlemen, the 57th president of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ bell rings ] ♪ [ male announcer ] at&t. the nation's fastes
believe this plot is a lot like plans in europe and the u.s., including last year's attack on the subway system. it's not clear if the suspects had selected their targets, but their were attempted to build those bombs. >>> coast guard crews searched all night and still out on the delaware river right now looking for two hungarian tourists missing in a tragic crash. take a look at some of these pictures from yesterday's frantic rescue after a duck boat collide would the barge and sank, forcing most of the 37 passengers to jump into the river. 11 people were rushed to hospitals and now the ntsb is taking over the investigation. nbc stephanie gosk is in philadelphia and what is the latest there? >> good morning, chris. the ntsb is taking over the investigation. the coast guard is the lead organization in the search and they tell us this morning in a press conference that this is still a search and rescue operation. they worked through the nights on boats looking for these two unaccounted for passengers and today they're controlling the banks of the river also trying to find them. they did,
weekend. across the u.s., preparations underway for huge celebrations and scorching temperatures. those details all ahead. >>> mountain mystery, a climber vanishes in thin air 14,000 feet up. he left some traces. is it enough for searchers to track? >>> inside the spy case, new documents show how long u.s. investigators were on the trail of the alleged russian spies. and the ex-husband of one suspect is talking. >>> under fire, calls for the head of gop to resign calling from inside his own party. what michael steele has said about afghanistan and why it has generated so much anger. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm alex whit, we have all that in just a moment for you. but first, we are beginning with strong new words this morning from president obama as the sputtering economic recovery struggles to find new jobs. the latest data on friday shows overall unemployment dropped to 9.5%. but private employers added only 83,000 jobs last month. the president used his weekly address to step up pressure on republicans who are blocking unemployment benefits over concerns about spending. >> well, a
. jill biden. both of them there to visit u.s. troops for the fourth of july weekend. it so happens they're also -- there are key members of congress visiting both iraq and afghanistan this weekend. he's going to be meeting with them, obviously. he's going to be meeting with the leaders of iraq and the prime minister. all of this ahead of the scheduled troop drawdown. everything going relatively well and on schedule as far as the u.s. military drawdown is concerned. continuing a pace, he's -- he is. there we don't know how many days and a lot of these events, they keep it hush-hush, alex. there is a press contingent traveling with him. but they're swarn to secrecy until he arrives in country. they don't give us details about who he's meeting with and when he's meeting with them and in particular where he's meeting with them. the security situation while improved over the last couple of years is still not to the point where they can go out with trumpets blaring and tell us all these things ahead of imtime. but at any rate, vice president biden there with dr. jill biden meeting iraqi offic
in 2009 during a pilgrimage to saudi arabia. he repeatedly claimed the u.s. abducted him. the u.s. denies it. we're showing you iranian state tv video where a guy identified as amiri claims he was being tortured in the united states, but a different video shows him admitting to studying here. the u.s. says that the videos prove that he was living here freely and will be allowed to return to iran freely. >>> new information today about missing kyron horman. was his step mother having a relationship with a neighbor down the street and does it have anything to do with the boy's disappearance? >>> and the iroquois may help the sport of lacrosse and play in separate tournaments, but a visa dispute could force them to miss the biggest tournament of all, the world lacrosse championships. they join us ahead. [ bleep ] >> you understand that? because i'm capable of it! do you understand that? >> mad as mel. new recordings reportedly of the actor lashing out at the mother of his baby. >>> plus, we're waiting for president obama to announce his choice for a new budget director. live coverage ahead o
plant and a gm plant and here is what he had to say. >> you now have all those u.s. auto companies showing a profit. they've rehired 55,000 workers. >> reporter: and, alex, of course the president this week, he has more fund-raising on the schedule coming up. he's going to be going to atlanta. he's going to be going to chicago. he'll be making speeches around that. the focus from here on out to november is going to be the economy. the president hammering home the fact that he's taken some unpopular steps that are bearing fruit. a lot of republicans are saying, look at the scoreboard, mr. president, 9.5% unemployment, slow gdp growth, where are the grounds and that is where this election battle will be fought. >> yeah. just a little glitch there but you handled that very well. just got a little -- >> reporter: interesting. >> no worries. got you covered. >>> president obama says he's concerned about the ethics charges facing congressman charlie rangel. rangel denies the 13 charges, which include tax and disclosur. perhaps september, right at the election season gears up. >>> firefig
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